Unit 2 Clinical Skills and EPA Labs Volunteer

It’s time to recruit virtual clinician volunteers for Unit 2 in the MScPT program. Unit 2 (Physical Therapy Practice I) runs from September 28-December 18, 2020 and is focused on developing critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills related to common orthopaedic conditions. We would like to invite you to act as a virtual lab volunteer to assist in these sessions.

Unfortunately we are unable to bring volunteers into the lab in person this fall due to COVID restrictions but we are hoping to fill this gap by connecting students with volunteers virtually. Details on this process will be provided in the coming weeks. To participate you will require a device with google chrome and zoom installed as well as access to reliable internet.

Similar to the past, a typical lab session consists of demonstration of skills by an instructor, clinical reasoning problems and time for students to practice the skills and work through problems. A central component of these lab sessions is providing feedback to students on their hands-on and clinical reasoning skills.

Here are some key changes you’ll notice in the lab sessions compared to the past curriculum:

  • Regional clinical skills (eg hip clinical skills) will be driven by specific cases rather than presenting a list of clinical skills in the absence of context. Volunteers will have online access to all cases and supporting materials via Quercus.
  • Assessment and treatment skills will no longer be discussed in separate lab sessions.
  • Integration/PT Logic labs will include regionally focused scenarios that students will work through in pairs or small groups. These labs provide rich opportunities for volunteers to share their unique perspectives and clinical stories with the students.

Attached are the dates for the Unit 2 lab sessions. To submit your offers, complete the form below before September 11/2020.

THANK YOU again for your consideration of our requests.  We will be in touch to confirm the labs for which you have been scheduled and to provide instructions on how to access course information online via Quercus and how to join the lab virtually. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming academic year.

Please feel free to contact Tricia Twogood via email at t.twogood@utoronto.ca if you have any questions.

Tricia Twogood